It was so timely that I got a new Asus ZenPower Pro power bank as I was shopping around for a new power bank to use for my travels. We won the prize when our group got 3rd place overall in an event. On paper, it fits the criteria of what I was looking for – high capacity at 10,050 mAh, handy credit-card size, functional with two USB fast-charging ports and an extra LED light for emergencies. Looks like a sweet spot for power banks but does it perform as it says. Brought it for a week long trip up the Cordilleras to find out.
Asus ZenPower Pro
Not all power banks are made the same so it’s important to choose one that’s right for your use. Since I already have a slew of device (2 phones and a tablet) when I travel I don’t want another one that’s too bulky. The Asus ZenPower Pro is not exactly credit-card sized according to its description. For a 10,050 mAh, it is small and handy compared to its equivalent power bank capacity. The form factor looks simple yet elegant. I like that it comes with a rubber bumper sleeve to. Aside from adding traction for my buttery hands it helps protect the device from bumps and scratches.
There are four indicator lights to show its current charge percentage. Depending on your mobile device battery, the Asus ZenPower Pro can fully charge from 2 to 3 times. It can also charge two devices simultaneously.
The add on LED flash light is a nice touch. It has two brightness levels when you double-click on the power button. It’s pretty handy when looking for something on dark buses or shooting photos at night.
My other phone drains easily since I play games with it and use it heavily on social media when I travel. So the Asus ZenPower Pro was able to provide additional life to it. Charging was indeed fast as it claimed on its 18w Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 port. My 3,000 mAh battery phone can fully charge from 15% to full in around an hour. In a day, I had not experienced the power bank to fully drain which is good. Normally power bank capacity is good only up to 80–90% of its capacity as it naturally drains in the long run. So good quality power banks can actually retain its charge longer than the cheap ones.
The cable that comes with the Asus ZenPower Pro is quite short so its wise to bring along the device cable you are charging. Even if Asus is manufacturing android phones, the power bank can also charge iPad and iPhones. It can even charge my ActionCam and pocket wifi devices too.
I’m quite happy with the Asus ZenPower Pro. I think the main feature I like is the high capacity in its compact size and weight at 230gm. There’s also the quick charging and also the functionality. It’s currently being sold in Lazada for Php 1,295. It is a lot expensive than the other Chinese-branded power banks available there but you can be sure that the quality Asus stamped on this device can take you a long way.